Attorney General James Leads Coalition Fighting for Recognition of Equal Rights Amendment

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:42

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday led a coalition of 19 attorneys general and one governor in fighting to have the federal government recognize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An amendment requires ratification of three-fourths of states, and, earlier this year, a 38th state provided the final vote needed to ratify the ERA, but the federal government has refused to certify the amendment on the ground that a deadline for ratification imposed by Congress has expired. The last three states to ratify the ERA — Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia — sued to compel the government to recognize the new amendment, arguing that the deadline was invalid. In the amicus brief, Attorney General James and the coalition argue that the plaintiff states’ ratifications are valid, notwithstanding Congress purported deadline; that attempts by five states to rescind their earlier ratifications are invalid; and, thus, that the ERA should be duly certified as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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